At the end of July 2019, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment carried out the revision of the air pollution emergency plan, pointing out that the current air pollution reduction measures are still not sufficient. As one of the largest pollution-releasing industries in China, the steel industry has been playing an important role in air pollution control.
By the end of this year, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will implement ultra-low emission transformation plan in industries such as steel, cement and chemical industry. It is planned to classify enterprises into three categories (A, B and C) according to emission release standards. Enterprises that have achieved ultra-low emissions are classified as Class A. Such enterprises do not need to adopt emission reduction measures such as production restriction or production closure during the period of heavy pollution.
Mr. Liu Bingjiang, Director of the Atmospheric Environment Department, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, pointed out: “In 2018, the total emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and smoke dust in China’s steel industry were 1.06 million tons, 1.72 million tons and 2.81 million tons respectively, accounting for about 7%, 10%, and 20% of the country’s total emissions, respectively. It is one of the main sources of air pollution in our country.”
What the future holds for the steel industry, and other industries that will implement the measures, we will soon find out. But one thing is sure, sooner or later ultra-low emissions will become a mandatory national standard for all the industries.
According to some experts, the current steel production capacity that can truly meet the ultra-low emission requirements is estimated to be about 30%. By the end of 2020, after the implementation of new regulations, it is estimated that the transformation of 60% will be completed. In order to achieve this goal, China has to adopt mandatory measures, just as it did with the waste classification earlier this summer.
As passionate believers in sustainability, here at WieTec we are happy to see that the adopted ultra-low emission transformation measures are slowly but surely becoming a national mandatory standard. Our mission is to provide a platform for waste gas treatment professionals to exchange their ideas and thoughts, and work together with us towards a more sustainable future for the next generation.